Discoveries of coronavirus variants in UK and South Africa began with a bet of a bottle of wine

In mid-November, Tulio de Oliveira, who leads a genetics lab in South Africa, began receiving anxious phone calls from physicians in the Eastern Cape province who were seeing an explosive growth in Covid-19 patients. Hospitals were quickly becoming overrun. The increase had seemingly come out of nowhere. “It was shocking,” said de Oliveira, a professor […]